Jessamyn Dahmen

Mill Creek, WA 98012 · (509) 592-6307 ·

I am a Ph.D. candidate and NSF GRFP Fellow at Washington State University. My advisor is Dr. Diane Cook and my areas of research are health event detection using machine learning and user interface design for CASAS smart home powered digital interventions. I am experienced in interdisciplinary research and collaboration, developing iOS apps using an iterative design process, and applying machine learning techniques to health-related real-world problems.


Research Assistant

Washington State University
  • Developing a meta learner that can automatically tune anomaly detection hyperparameters to detect health events such as falls in home settings
  • Developed and designed a Digital Memory Notebook iOS application based on iterative usability testing and app design methodologies for older adult participants
  • Developed and designed a digital Trail Making Test Android app and performed data analysis with WEKA
  • Mentored undergraduate student research projects and led a student computer science club focused on computer science outreach and education
August 2013 - Present


Washington State University
  • Created engaging and accessible Python, Scratch, and App Inventor coding curriculum for middle school aged students
  • Co-instructed, presented examples, and helped students problem-solve
July 2017 - June 2018

REU Mentor

Washington State University
  • Created an REU project for an undergraduate student and oversaw and promoted undergraduate research
June 2014 - August 2014

Software Engineering Intern

  • Created a driver in Lua that collects real-time event data from Control4 home automation sensors and control boxes.
May 2014

Research Assistant

Harvey Mudd College
  • Researched ways to characterize the memory behavior of real programs
  • Communicated findings via presentations and research posters
  • Built data analysis programs using Python and Mathematica
June 2013 - August 2013

Research Assistant

Washington State University
August 2012 - May 2013

Software Engineering Intern

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Built WinForm based applications using C# to help engineers in the RTAC Firmware group do certain tasks more efficiently
  • Designed, implemented and informally tested the applications
June 2012 - September 2012

Teaching Assistant

Washington State University
  • Oversaw two lab sections for an introductory computer science course
  • Helped students understand and solve programming problems using Python
  • Led lab section instruction and lecture
August 2011 - December 2011


Programming Languages and Tools
  • Python
  • Swift
  • Scipy
  • Pandas
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Xcode
  • User Centered Iterative Design
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Communication & Compassion
  • Open Source Solutions


I am passionate about empowering underrepresented groups to pursue careers in STEAM. In my free time, I often volunteer to teach introductory coding workshops and was co-chair and founding member of a computer science club called Broadening Participation in Computing at WSU. I have also served as a mentor for several undergraduate research projects and have been a guest lecturer for an iOS 400 level course.

My hobbies include photography and playing RPG video games. You can check out my photos on Ello or Instagram.

Awards & Honors

  • NSF GRFP Fellowship Recipient - 2015
  • WSU IGERT for Integrative Training in Health-Assistive Smart Environments Fellowship Recipient - 2014
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude- 2013
  • Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Finalist - 2013
  • WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science College of Engineering and Architecture Outstanding Senior in Computer Science Award Recipient - 2013
  • Auvil Undergraduate Scholars Fellowship Recipient - 2013
  • WSU Distinguished Regents Scholarship Recipient - 2009


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